[cancer] Fundraiser: Science Fiction Author on Trial

It must be the season or something. I’m back off to NIH on Tuesday for surgery followed by some extensive and fairly brutal immunotherapy. As recently discussed, this is a very expensive process for me and my family. Not the treatments themselves, which are covered by NIH at no cost to me, but the expense of having my caregivers in Maryland for five weeks while I am being treated. Not to mention the expense already incurred during our two-week visit for enrollment.

I’ve discussed the costs in general here, and in more detail here. I’ve discussed what we’re doing, clinically and scientifically, here.

Shlom Ster has been kind enough to put together a fundraiser on Youcaring.com, where we held last year’s Sequence a Science Fiction Writer fund raiser. This year, we’re calling it Science Fiction Author on Trial (NIH trial, that is!).

Premiums are still being organized. There has been some excellent generosity from various donors, and I’ve put a dozen copies of The January Machine in myself. Hopefully by Monday that will all be up on the fundraising site.

I have very mixed feelings about tapping the generosity of my friends and fans again, but this is where we are. Still fighting for my life, slowly losing, but trying everything we can.

Thank you to everyone who gave last year, to everyone who’s already given this year (there has been some startling and heart warming generosity), and to everyone who’s helping pass the word.

7 thoughts on “[cancer] Fundraiser: Science Fiction Author on Trial

  1. homa_bird says:

    Going over to donate now: I am very in support of so many aspects of this effort: the immunotherapy science as you have described it is, imho, the most promising of approaches. Having just lost my sweet grandson after a year long battle with cutting edge therapies, I have much respect for those (the Jay Lakes) who put personal comfort, finances and, most importantly, valuable personal time on the line to help further research that may some day give children like my grandson, and thousands of others, a better chance.

  2. Fran Walker says:

    Thank you for setting this up so it takes PayPal, as that’s the easiest way for me to donate. And thank you for becoming a trial participant. As a scientific researcher myself, I know how valuable the information is that these trials collect.

    My sister died yesterday from metastatic breast cancer. If money could’ve saved her, I’d have given every cent I have.

    1. Jay says:

      Fran, I am so sorry to hear of your sister’s death. And thank you.

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